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Ford Model A rumble-seat roadster in restored condition


The Ford Model A is the heart of pre-war collector cars, a piece of Americana that satisfies the lure of antique machinery while still being affordable and easy to own.

The Pick of the Day is a 1930 Ford Model A rumble-seat roadster that recently was treated to a comprehensive nut-and-bolt restoration, according to the Rockville, Maryland, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.

The rumble seat is a fun way to stow extra passengers

The roadster looks sweet and authentic in the photos accompanying the ad, with what the seller calls “mirror-finish two-tone Ford Maroon and Black paint show-waxed and detailed,” an all-new interior and rumble seat, and a new black canvas top with zip-out side curtains.

The Modal A rides on “hand-laced black powder-coated wire wheels with wide whitewalls and great-looking side-mounted spare,” the ad says.

The side-valve 201cid 4-cylinder engine and 3-speed transmission have been rebuilt, the seller says, and the car has a new stainless-steel exhaust system.   Everything works, including the “oogah horn,” the seller adds, and the car is ready to go.

The roadster rides on wire wheels with whitewalls

“Just a beautifully done example that is approaching 100 years old and can be driven like it was 1930,” the seller says.

The roadster appears to be wonderfully fresh and original, a beautiful rendition of a stylish “everyman’s” car that is sure to turn heads everywhere it goes.   These sturdy Fords can be driven with confidence as long as they’re properly cared for, as this one obviously has been.

Model As were built from 1927-31 in just about every possible configuration, from Deluxe sedans to pickup trucks, and millions of them were rolled out by Ford as the era’s most-prolific vehicle.  The chattering 4-cylinder engine was rated at 40 horsepower, giving the cars a top speed around 65 miles per hour.

The restored interior looks correct

One of the best parts of owning a Model A is the tremendous club support, with fellow owners just about everywhere, and a wide variety of vendors supplying parts.  And Model As are recognizable by just about everyone, so there will be plenty of conversation wherever it’s driven.

The asking price for what appears to be a top-condition Model A roadster is $34,990, which is about down the middle for this special rumble-seat model, according to the value guides.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. March 12 and March 13 advertised Model A’s. I’m interested. As I will not haggle, what is your final lowest best price for either one?


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